Investigators search for Ann Pettway accused in 1987 infant abduction case
NEW YORK — Federal investigators joined local and state law enforcement in an effort to track down and prosecute Ann Pettway, the “nurse” suspected of snatching Carlina Renae White in 1987 when she was just days old, according to CNN.
Pettway is wanted on a warrant issued Friday in North Carolina for violating her two-year probation sentence on attempted embezzlement charges, according to North Carolina Department of Corrections spokeswoman Pamela Walker.
“As part of her probation she must seek permission to leave the state of North Carolina,” Walker said. “At this time no such request has been made.”
North Carolina officials say they believe Pettway is actively fleeing authorities. North Carolina Department of Correction spokeswoman Pam Walker said officials have tried unsuccessfully to reach Pettway several times, and that she was declared an absconder Friday and put into a national law enforcement database.
“As we’ve learned of her involvement in this abduction, we’ve been working to locate her, and we haven’t been able to reach her,” Keith Acree, a spokesman for the Department of Correction in North Carolina, told the New York Post.
Pettway is on parole in North Carolina until June 2012.
If Pettway is arrested she would be prosecuted at the federal level for allegedly kidnapping Carlina who was just 19 days old when she was snatched from a Harlem hospital.
Authorities say a woman dressed as a nurse abducted Carlina from a hospital crib on Aug. 4, 1987, at Harlem Hospital in New York City. Carlina was raised as Nejdra Nance.
Her biological parents, Joy White, then 16, and Carl Tyson, then 18, said they left the hospital to rest after their baby was admitted in the middle of the night with a high fever. But when they returned they received the shocking news that their newborn was gone.
Hospsital officials would later learn that the woman who abducted Carlina had been hanging around the hospital for about three weeks prior to taking Carlina.
Relatives say Carlina was raised in an abusive home in Connecticut and later moved to Georgia, where she was living when she found her family by searching online.
Carlina’s parents sued the city and won a $750,000 settlement. They split up a year later and went on to raise two separate families.
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Source: CBS News, CNN